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Health and Community Design: The Impact of the Built Environment on Physical Activityby Lawrence D. Frank
Synopses & Reviews
Health and Community Design is a comprehensive examination of how the built environment encourages or discourages physical activity, drawing together insights from a range of research on the relationships between urban form and public health. It provides important information about the factors that influence decisions about physical activity and modes of travel, and about how land use patterns can be changed to help overcome barriers to physical activity. Chapters examine: - the historical relationship between health and urban form in the United States<BR>- why urban and suburban development should be designed to promote moderate types of physical activity<BR>- the divergent needs and requirements of different groups of people and the role of those needs in setting policy<BR>- how different settings make it easier or more difficult to incorporate walking and bicycling into everyday activitiesA concluding chapter reviews the arguments presented and sketches a research agenda for the future.
Book News Annotation:
Drawing on research on the relationships between urban form and public health, Frank (School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia) presents information linking the auto-centered built environment to its influence over physical activity and adverse health conditions, and gives suggestions on how land use patterns can be changed to overcome barriers to physical activity. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -242) and index.
About the Author
Lawrence Frank is Associate Professor in the City Planning Program, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Peter Engelke is Research Associate in the City Planning Program, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Tom Schmid is Coordinator of the Active Community Environments (ACEs) team in the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Table of Contents
Public health and urban form in America: historical precedents — Physical activity and public health — Physical activity: types and patterns — Physical activity: children, the elderly, and the poor — Understanding the built environment — Transportation systems — Land use patterns — Urban design characteristics — Application of principles: the data from Seattle and Atlanta.
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